LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really dark ale. Looks great. Plum, raisen aroma. What a nice beer, sweet malt flavors that warm the body as you drink. A perfect balance of fruit malt and alcohol that is very well hidden.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark. Pours with a good solid head you'd expext from a belgian, starting brownish and finishing more cream colored. Spicy, and slightly more carbonated than I expected. The end of the 750 was better than the beginning...showing the benefits of warmth and breath. Excellent.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled Sept/9/2003) Big fruity yeasty nose. The palate is very flavorful; loads of fruit and candi sugar, with mild notes of coco and coffee. The finish goes on forever. I like this ale it is very clean and well made. A great digestif.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cest terrible. I read the label and I still did not believe it would be this dark. It is. And it's good: a nice fat fruity nose. But the body is slim. Nicely balanced sweetness with all the various Belgian ale flavors I would expect.
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a laced brown head. The first hint of what was in store came as the cork came off and a red wine aroma burst forth. Dark fruits in the nose that includes blackbeeries and raisins. Dry on the plate with a complex sharp (tingle) finish. Flavored by a hint of licorice, pepper, toasted malts, and fruits. A forceful brew but not as subtle and complex as some of the other Belgians.
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is amazing and huge. It reminds me of Chimay Grande Reserve meets Liefmans Goudenband. Pours dark and malty from the bottle with a huge creamy tight head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Very smooth on the palette, starts off sweet and finishes dry and tart with lots of alcohol. IMO, by far the best product that Unibroue has produced.
pivo (2629) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible right from the start: great toasted malt with hints of licorice and raisins, luscious brown color and a whopping head with tight bubbles. Chocolate tones in the flavor amidst a syrupy malt body. Yeasty tastes typical to Belgian beers are perfectly blended. Loads of alcohol intensifies the flavor. A texture like silk. Just unreal.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. big 'ole brown bottle. Corked & caged. Bottled on 2/03, according to the cork. Poured out as dark brown as any Guinness I've ever seen, with a fast fading khaki colored head. Aromas are of roasted malt, yeast, and cloves. Slight nutty taste to it, before the alcohol meanders along & kicks you in the teeth. Hoppy bite in the middle, brought up by a vinous quality to it. Malty backbone stands up well to any alcohol that might wander away from the pack. Cloves in the mix, along with roasted malts make for an interesting combination. Be careful of this one, gang, it will sneak up on you.
YogiBeera (2542) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - great with the pre-turkey dinner: Wonderful intense raisons aroma. Black, little head, no carbonation. Great malty, raison taste. Brandy like but smooth. Silky ! Round and a great balance.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
To be quite honest I felt this beer is a little overrated and that Unibroue makes better beers. That having been said, this is still a pretty good beer. Same yeast aroma as in most/all the other Unibroues I've had. Smooth mouthfeel. Black licorice taste. A little yeastiness in the flavor. Molasses as well. Little carbonation.